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Posted on January 31, 2017 by  & 

Apple joins Partnership on AI

Apple has joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member. The company has been involved and collaborating with the Partnership since before it was first announced and is thrilled to formalize its membership alongside Amazon, Facebook, Google/DeepMind, IBM, and Microsoft.
 
Diversity of thought across the organization is crucial to ensure that the group effectively explore and address the influences of AI on people and society, provide guidance on AI best practices, and seek to advance the public's understanding of AI. The Partnership on AI are committed to having balanced representation at the leadership, executive, and operations levels.
 
On announcing the inaugural Board of Trustees, the board that oversees the Partnership on AI, six new Independent board members were announced. These new members are Dario Amodei (OpenAI), Subbarao Kambhampati (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence & ASU), Deirdre Mulligan (UC Berkeley), Carol Rose (American Civil Liberties Union), Eric Sears (MacArthur Foundation), and Jason Furman (Peterson Institute of International Economics).
 
 
The new members will join Greg Corrado (Google/DeepMind), Tom Gruber (Apple), Ralf Herbrich (Amazon), Eric Horvitz (Microsoft), Yann Lecun (Facebook), and Francesca Rossi (IBM) on the Board of Trustees, to create a board that strikes a balance between corporate and not-for-profit memberships. All Board members will share equal voting rights.
 
This is a pivotal moment for the Partnership on AI, to establish a diverse and balanced Board of Trustees that extends and broadens existing leadership. The inclusion of varying perspectives and continuous, critical reflection has been a core commitment from the start.
 
The Board of Trustees will provide direction and oversee the general activities of the Partnership on AI. An Executive Steering Committee will guide, commission, and evaluate activities within the overall objectives and scope set by the Board. An Executive Director, appointed by the Board, will oversee the day-to-day operation of the organization.
 
The first meeting of the Board of Trustees is taking place on Friday, February 3rd in San Francisco and more details will be announced shortly.
 
Source: Partnership on AI
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